Celebrity Big Brother 2012

Introduction

Celebrity Big Brother 2012 is the tenth series of the long-running reality TV show - and its full of big name housemates and contestants guaranteed to create drama in the famous house.

The housemates this year Page 3 glamour model Rhian Sugden, actor and former pop star Martin Kemp, former Coronations Street star Julie Goodyear, camp comedian Julian Clary, chubby ex-Eastenders actress Cheryl Fergison, Simon Cowell's ex Jasmine Lennard, Prince Lorenzo Borghese from reality show The Bachelor, Loose Women star Coleen Nolan, Olympics Judo athlete Ashley McKenzie, Danica Thrall (never heard of her but apparently she's some sort of wannabe wag), the rapper MC Harvey, 'women hate me because I'm beautiful' Samatha Brick, and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino from U.S. reality show Jersey Shore (the UK spin off is Geordie Shore which is not even remotely as successful as the original in the States has been).

This version of the hit show is a twist on regular Big Brother, and instead of regular old people, celebrities fill the house. Although Big Brother is an international phenomenon with shows in dozens countries around the world, this hub is about the UK version. In Britain, Celebrity Big Brother is presented by Brian Dowling - who himself shot to fame after winning the reality TV show in 2001.

CBB airs in the UK on Channel 5 every day. There's also spin off shows such as Big Brother's Bit On The Side.


Glamour model Rhian Sugden
Glamour model Rhian Sugden

Rhian Sugden

Blonde bombshell Rhian Sugden, 25, is a page 3 glamour model with the Sun newspaper in the UK. She is one of their most popular girls and has large numbers of fans thanks to her topless shoots. She is tall, slim, has golden hair and scorching brown eyes. Quite simply, she is one of a bevy of house strumpets intended primarily as eye-candy for male viewers and to get things steamy with male housemates on the show.

Rhian also plays as a DJ at various clubs around the UK and has been an extra in a number of minor TV shows.

In 2011 it emerged that she had sent and received sex text messages - or 'sexts' - with TV host Vernon Kay, shattering his image as a respectable family man, and painting herself as the 'other' woman in Vernon's life, behind the back of his wife, the popular TV presenter Tess Daly.

Like many glamour models, Rhian has made attempts at a more 'mainstream' media career based more on abilities than looks - so far without notable success. However, in 2011, she did appeare as a Forest Woman in Danny McBride's fantasy film Your Highness.

Former Coronation Street barmaid Julie Goodyear
Former Coronation Street barmaid Julie Goodyear

Julie Goodyear

Julie Goodyear, 70, is best known for her role as Rovers Return barmaid Bet Lynch in soap opera Coronation Street.

She left the show in 1995 having won a Lifetime Achievement Award. Since then she has done small acting parts and focused on her work with the The Julie Goodyear Laboratory, which she launched after overcoming cervical cancer in 1979.

Julie has a colourful personal and sexual life and has been the subject of numerous kiss and tells from previous partners. In true keeping with this unconventional theme, in 2007 the stalker who used to sit in a tree outside her home watching her. At the time she was 65 and her groom Scott Brand was 39.

Former pop star and Eastenders actor Martin Kemp
Former pop star and Eastenders actor Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp, 50, is an actor, director and former pop star.

He shot to fame in the 1980s as the bassist in the band Spandau Ballet alongside his brother Gary. They were one of the most successful bands on the decade and continued into the 1990s. They had an impressive ten Top 10 singles and four Top 10 albums in the UK.But arguable their greatest hit was their third album, True, which was No1 in the charts around the world.

Gary moved into actor after his pop career and is best known for his role as villain Steve Owen in BBC soap Eastenders.

He is also a patron of The Encephalitis Society having himself beaten health issues. He has successfully controlled epilepsy brought on by two brain tumours that were found in the 1990s.

Earlier in his career Martin starred in a movie alongside his own brother Gary about the life of East end gangsters the Kray brothers. He made his directing debut with his first film in 2011, Stalker.


Former pop star and Loose Women presenter Collen Nolan
Former pop star and Loose Women presenter Collen Nolan

Coleen Nolan

Coleen Nolan, 47, began her showbusiness career as a singer in the band The Nolans - a female quintet of five sisters. Their best known hit is 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing' which peaked at No3 in the UK charts but soared to success in Japan where it was No1. The band sold an incredible nine million records in Japan, and it is the largest fan base for their music. They were active until 2005.

Coleen is the most well known of all the sisters for her profile role on the suggestively titled day-time chat show Loose Women. Here she can be found regularly talking about men with her co-hosts. The gossipy girly chit-chat format has made the show a long-running success and endeared Coleen to the British public.

According to an autobiography by her sister Anne, their father repeatedly sexual abused Anne from the age of 11 until 15. It is not clear if this happened to any of the other sisters, but Coleen has admitted that he was violent to her and their mother.


Former Eastenders actress Cheryl Ferguson
Former Eastenders actress Cheryl Ferguson

Cheryl Ferguson

Actress Cheryl Ferguson, 46, is widely recognised in the UK as Heather Trott in BBC soap opera Eastenders. She was fairly popular in the show since being introduced on a part-time basis in 2007 and gradually began to appear more. Her character was a middle-aged frumpy woman who struggled with love. In fact, one of the story lines even incldued her having sex with a teenager and having his baby.

Just like her character, Cherly is a big fan of gay pop singer George Michael and she was thrilled to discover that he enjoyed watching her in the soap. She was eventually killed off in March 2012 after being murdered by Ben Mitchell.

Cherly, who starred in Little Britain alongside David Walliams as the 'Big Fat Lezza', has since appeared on several day time TV shows in the UK and appears to be planning her next career move.

In November 2011, Cheryl married her Moroccan toyboy Yassine Al-Jermini, 25, after he moved to the UK to be with her.

Camp comedian Julian Clary
Camp comedian Julian Clary

Julian Clary

Flamboyant comedian Julian Clary, 53, is well known for his camp persona, his colourful clothing, extravagant hats heavily-applied make-up.

He has spent his entire career in show business, having studied Drama and English at Goldsmith's College, University of London in 1978. It was there that he was able to 'liberate' himself sexually, and is understood to have become more comfortable with his homosexuality. He graduated from university in the early 1980s and immediatedly began touring the cabaret circuit with his one man act. From here, he gained a big fan base and continued his rise to fame. He has continued touring ever since and appeared on many TV shows in the UK.

Julian said his reason for entering the Big Brother house was to 'expand' his social circle beyond his two pet dogs. He also has a tour coming up called Position Vacant - Apply WIthin which he intends to use to find a husband.

Writer Samantha Brick
Writer Samantha Brick

Samantha Brick

Samantha Brick, 41, is the journalist who became an international figure of hate after writing an article in the Daily Mail about why women hate her for being beautiful. The piece claimed that her 'beauty' has been a curse and many women friends have been jealous and cold towards her because of it. She said that men virtually fell over themselves because they were so taken aback by her looks.

The article was viewed tens of millions of times around the world and trended on Twitter solidly for a week. She received hate mail from thousands of people. However, it clearly helped her career and she appeared on a large number of TV shows to talk about her views. She also because an internet sensation and recognised name.

There were also several very funny virals about her.

Despite being subjected to ridicule online, there were some females that admitted they were bitchy towards beautiful women, or had felt the same way.

Earlier in her career Samantha was a TV executive and claims to have launched the careers of Tess Daly, Russell Brand, Kirsty Gallacher and Kate Thornton among others. She lives in France with her husband Pascal and teenage stepson Antonio.

To judge for yourself just how beautiful Samantha is, check out this collection of pictures of her. Read about her article and how it moved the online world here.

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino

Star of the U.S. reality TV show Jersey Shore, which sparked in a spin-off in the UK called Geordie Shore based in Newcastle.

Prince Lorenzo Borghese

Looked for love in The Bachelor. Comes from a wealthy Italian Royal family, the House of Borghese.

Ashley McKenzie

Team GB Judo star who competed at the London 2012 Olympics but was knocked out in the first round.

Jasmine Lennard

One of Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriends. She is bisexual.

Danica Thrall

Glamour model who took part in the reality show Sex Lies and Rinsing Guys.

MC Harvey

Rapper from the one-hit woner pop group So Solid Crew.

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